Audi A3 plug-in hybrid coming in 2014, CEO Rupert Stadler says

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 8, 2012

A plug-in hybrid version will join Audi AG’s lineup for its redesigned A3 in 2014, CEO Rupert Stadler said during a preview of the new compact car at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. Audi didn’t mention what A3 body style will receive the plug-in technology. Audi has also yet to confirm if this model will be offered in the U.S. Audi offers to “bring the full range of technologies.”

Consumers would be delighted to know that Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen has every intention for this vehicle to return to the U.S. This September is when the next-generation A3 two-door hatchback arrives in European showrooms in September.

This offers a glimpse at the sedan version that will arrive in the U.S. market for model year 2014. This is expected to be the replacement for the outgoing 4-door hatchback. The next-generation A3 is lighter than its predecessor and will be built off VW Group's MQB modular platform, which is also the same one that underpins the VW Golf.

In 2003, the outgoing A3 was launched. It later arrived as a 2006 model in the U.S. Audi sold 6,561 units of its A3 four-door hatchback in 2011, slightly higher than the 6,561 units sold in 2010. This is believed to the No. 4-selling car lineup, following the A4 sedan, A5 coupe and A6 sedan. It’s only just a bit ahead of the A7, which boasts a sleek sedan.

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